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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Throw Back Thursday ~ Neighbor Gerry Mowing ~ Picture of the Day ~ Northernmost City In The USA ~ Sweet Potato Casserole ~ National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

Good 38º clear sunny morning. Yesterday we topped at 80º!!!

Throw Back Thursday... this 5 years ago when Pat (LASD ret.) and Alice Reardon stopped on their way north to visit.... Dude was happy to meet them!

Tuesday it got sunny and warm and my neighbor Gerry was out mowing on his property..... wayyyyy up the hill from me.....

Picture of the Day ....

Interesting about a place I sure wouldn't want to live!

The Northernmost City In The U.S. Is Located In Alaska, And It’s Dark For 65 Days A Year

Surrounded by the Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean, the northernmost town of Barrow is a place that is far, far away from the rest of the world. The only way in (or out) is by plane or boat and the extreme isolation can cause you to go stir crazy if you aren’t careful. In fact, when the sun goes beneath the horizon line for two months in the wintertime, you’ll have a hard time keeping track of time. Surviving the cold temps and extreme isolation is not easy and that is why living in Barrow is truly only for the toughest in the crowd.
Point Barrow or Nuvuk is a headland on the Arctic coast in the U.S. state of Alaska, 9 miles  northeast of Barrow. It is the northernmost point of all the territory of the United States, at 71°23′20″N 156°28′45″W. The distance to the North Pole is 1,122 nautical miles. The northernmost point on the Canadian mainland, Murchison Promontory, is 40 miles  farther north.
Point Barrow is also an important geographical landmark, marking the limit between two marginal seas of the Arctic, the Chukchi Sea on its western side and the Beaufort Sea on the eastern.
The arctic climate in Barrow comes at a chilly price. The average temperature in the summer is just 40 degrees. In fact, temps that are above the freezing line only happen about 120 days per year.
Because Barrow has a treeless ecosystem made up of primarily tundra, some comedians in town have planted some fake palm trees to offer a good laugh for visitors and locals alike. The tundra in and around Barrow is formed by a permafrost layer that can be as much as 1,300 feet deep.

More pictures:

From the Slow Roasted Italian....

One of the most popular sides from Boston Market is waiting to be served on your table. Our newest copycat recipe, Sweet Potato Casserole, is one for your recipe book! Rich sweet potatoes covered in marshmallow and brown sugar streusel topping is a side dish to remember.


Sweet Potatoes
  • 3 1/2 - 4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” pieces
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Fill a large pot with sweet potato pieces and water.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Cook until fork tender.  Drain potatoes and place back into pot.  Mash potatoes with a potato masher or blend with an electric mixer, until mostly smooth.  Add remaining ingredients (except topping ingredients).  Mix until combined.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease an 8”x10” casserole dish (8x8 or 9x9 works too).
  3. Spoon sweet potatoes into casserole dish and smooth out.  Sprinkle top of sweet potatoes with marshmallows.
  4. Melt butter in a medium microwave safe bowl.  Add remaining ingredients.  Mix with a fork.  Sprinkle over top of casserole.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until streusel is crisp and marshmallows are golden brown.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Historically this date......
1959 – Project MercuryNASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven".

1961 – The Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles, once the largest electric railway in the world, ends operations.

And births this date include....
1903 – Ward Bond, American actor (d. 1960)

1942 – Brandon deWilde, American actor (d. 1972)

1954 – Dennis Quaid, American actor

All I know. Nuff said. Happy TBT. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day on April 9th honors the courageous men and women who have endured brutal treatment at the hands of their captors. As a result, they’ve also suffered separation from family and displayed incredible endurance and faith during their captivity.
On this day in 1942, the largest number of U.S. Forces were captured by Japanese troops in the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. After battling through extreme conditions and prolonged battles, the captured troops were forced to march 65 miles to the prison camp. Without medical attention, food or water thousands died. The mistreatment continued for those who survived the brutal journey. In the compounds, deep in the unfamiliar jungle, the hardships, brutality, and suffering lasted more than two years for those who could survive.
Since the Revolutionary War, over half a million service members have been captured. This number does not reflect those lost or never recovered. However, each POW endures conditions much like the ones described above. These heroes deserve a day of recognition.


Government officials, veterans, civic and private organizations observe the day with ceremonies and events. Some states require organizations and government facilities to fly the POW/MIA flag on this day.
Honor former POWs by helping to organize events. Ensure your organization flies the POW/MIA flag. Volunteer to help a veteran organization. Learn more by visiting the American Legion


In 1984, a movement led by former POWs began seeking a day recognizing for former Prisoners of War on April 9th each year. In 1988, Congress approved legislation setting April 9th to commemorate the date the tragic number of captives were taken prisoner on Bataan. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed National Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day on April 1, 1988, through Presidential Proclamation 5788. He set the observance for April 9, 1988. Since then, through legislation and Presidential Proclamations, the observance carries on.